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Posted 22 February 2004 - 06:15 AM
Posted 22 February 2004 - 08:57 AM
While you are at it, I'd recommend the hairpin rear endlinks. Very pleased with mine. Not a sound from them.
Posted 22 February 2004 - 11:18 AM
Posted 22 February 2004 - 01:17 PM
Also the biggest PITA about a performance sway bar are the urethane bushings that reqire constant greasing (especially in a wet and/or salt-laden environment), so get greasable bushings with zerk fittings. Energy Suspension sells them.
On my vehicle I experimented with different combinations until I found what I liked.
In the FRONT I ended up with stock bar & bushings, but changed to stiffer urethane endlinks.
In the REAR, I've got stiffer bar & bushings, but kept the stock soft rubber endlinks. (I did try stiff endlinks, but removed 'em).
It deals with the ability to recover from the slip angle in a turn. The problem I found is that when the entire rear is bushed with urethane and the entire front is bushed with rubber, it tends to make the vehicle more prone to a dangerous snap-oversteer at the exit of a turn. IMO, if the front and rear are bushed more evenly, the vehicle will "hook back up" more gracefully at the exit.
Posted 22 February 2004 - 02:07 PM
Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:48 PM
For the most part, a tire upgrade, and a stiffer than stock adjustable rear sway bar is all that you'll need to bring street performance up to a "crisp" level. Making the rear bar stiffer lessens the understeer, while going stiffer yet will actually make it oversteer. Ideally you want to get it to feel "balanced" to your taste.
The problem with going to a stiffer front bar is that you'll have to go stiffer yet on the rear bar to get it feeling neutral again. Bars too stiff can overpower the rebound damping of the stock struts and cause jumpy handling characteristics at the limit especially on bumpy pavement. The solution would be to fit struts with a higher rebound damping rate. You'd run into the same problem by fitting springs that have a higher rate than stock.
Posted 22 February 2004 - 11:38 PM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 07:44 AM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:36 AM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 04:46 PM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 01:27 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 07:55 AM
When you get it lowered post a pic for us OK?
Posted 24 February 2004 - 09:00 AM
Posted 25 February 2004 - 12:50 AM
Over at www.nasioc.com there is a frequent poster called uncle scotty that seems very experienced with suspension mods in Imprezas, you could try bouncing you ideas/goals off him. But he likes negative camber.
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